Asisat Oshoala takes Women’s Footballer of the Year award

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Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.

The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, which is based on votes by  football fans around the world.

She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honor.

Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the leading scorer at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada last summer and was voted the tournament’s best player.
Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany, and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigerian team that  won the African Women’s Championship in October.

That win ensured their qualification for this summer’s World Cup in Canada which is set to begin on June 6 with full coverage on the BBC.

Oshoala said the honor was a big lift for Nigeria before the World Cup and would help inspire young players in her homeland.

Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature  in the Women’s Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her “one of the world’s top young footballers”.